For those who love clothing that's comfortable and chic, it's time to rejoice, because slouchy, cropped sweatpants in luxe fabrics and patterns are still in for Spring 2014.
After months of flirting with cropped pants and chic sweatpants, celebrities and trend-setters have combined the two trends into something completely amazing — and totally comfortable. These loose-fitting, silky pants that hit just around or above the ankle are now office-appropriate and utterly easy to throw on. Plus, they're slightly more luxe than the leather joggers Kanye West made infamous, but are still has cozy as the joggers once relegated to the high school gym or the privacy of your home. I promise, you really can make them work for basically every occasion.
For slightly more adventurous souls, these cropped, tapered pants also come in a wide range of shades and eye-popping patterns. So forget your ultra-tight skinny jeans and body-con dresses; this spring, reach for a pair of silky, comfortable trousers that won't make you sweat when you pop outside for your mid afternoon iced latte. Here are the top seven reasons to give this trend a try ASAP, plus celeb-inspired tips on how to make them look chic, not sloppy.
1. THEY MAKE YOUR ENTIRE ENSEMBLE LOOK MORE MODERN
If you're planning on wearing a standard grey tee and nude pumps to work, throwing on a pair of cropped, slouchy pants instantly ups the style factor of your ensemble without any extra effort whatsoever. Add on a pair of luxe sunglasses and a long necklace, and you may well be mistaken for Jessica Alba on the way to an important business meeting.
2. LUXE SWEATPANTS ARE INFINITELY MORE COMFORTABLE THAN SKINNY JEANS
It's true that some skinny jeans are actually comfortable…but not always. What could be more delightful than forgoing your daily squeeze into an ultra-tight pair in favor of relaxed-fit pants that require zero effort?
3. YOU CAN WEAR CROPPED SWEATPANTS WITH JUST ABOUT ANYTHING
An ordinary white button down looks just as chic as a slim, printed silk blouse when paired with slouchy cropped pants. Because of their fluid lines and flattering cut, slouchy pants match almost any top you can think of. However, extraordinarily voluminous peasant tops may be a better fit for slimmer jeans or shorts, lest you be mistaken for a very stylish tent. Sanctuary's Travel Print Black and White Joggers are ideal for adding a pop of pattern to any ensemble.
4. YOU'LL LOOK LIKE YOU REGULARLY WORK OUT (EVEN IF YOU DON'T)
Especially when rendered in luxe fabrics like silk or linen, cropped sweatpants give your audience the notion that you must work out. After all, you are wearing sweatpants.
5. THEY'RE IDEAL FOR HOT, HUMID SUMMER WEATHER
Who wants to wear skintight skinny jeans or thick wool pants in the summer heat? I certainly don't, and neither does Allison Williams, who recently rocked the trend. If you're looking to cover up your legs without risking heatstroke, a pair of loose, silk sweatpants cut above the ankle is the way to go.
6. SLOUCHY PANTS HAVE POCKETS YOU CAN ACTUALLY USE
I adore a good pocket, but most of those found in your average blazer or jeans are non-functional. Slouchy cropped sweats, however, have pockets that are ideal for striking an insouciant pose.
7. THEY LENGTHEN AND SLIM YOUR BODY
There's a myth that one shouldn't wear overly bulky or loose clothing unless they want to look larger than they are, but a good pair of luxe sweatpants manages to be the exception to this rule. Because most are cut to be body-slimming, and can be adjusted to cuff just above the ankle, slightly slouchy sweats skim over areas of the body that you may not want emphasized, while lengthening your legs if you let them fall straight. AG Adriano Goldschmied's Weekend Pants are slim-lined but slouchy, and provide just enough formality for the workplace or happy hour.